Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion and to remove that unwanted vellus hair (peach fuzz).
This treatment also allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly. In fact, medical aestheticians and cosmetic dermatologists often use dermaplaning to help prepare skin for more intrusive procedures such as laser treatments and deeper chemical peels.
Wondering if you should try dermaplaning versus microdermabrasion? They are both forms of physical exfoliation, but the methods are very different. Microdermabrasion sands and suctions dead skin cells, which also helps to uproot clogged pores around the nose, mouth and chin.
Dermaplaning safely scrapes off the top layer of skin, so it is well suited for drier skin types and anyone who wants to get rid of peach fuzz. But, keep in mind, both methods are good for almost everyone and it could just boil down to your personal preference.
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Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acneic skin. If you have acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment.
This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the blood stream and potentially harming your baby.
First, the aesthetician will cleanse and thoroughly dry your skin. Next, she’ll pull an area of your skin taut with one hand, and hold a sterile blade at a 45 degree angle in the other hand and use short, swift strokes to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz. Then an enzyme mask is applied to eat off any dead skin cells that still remain. From there a beautiful layer of anti-aging serums and sunscreen will be applied. Voila! Beautiful, smooth and flawless skin.
How Long Does It Take: About 60 Minutes
Are There Immediate Side Effects: There are no side effects and zero downtime. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may already look very pink but will be beautiful. Ensure post treatment to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher everyday to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
What are anticipated Results: *You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. All of your peach fuzz will be gone, which is why first-timers say their skin has never felt so soft before.
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*Dermaplaning removes 21 days worth of dead skin cells and vellus hair, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle before your next treatment.
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We’re stating the obvious, but don’t make any sudden movements while the aesthetician is scraping your face.
If you have resilient skin, try coupling microdermabrasion and dermaplaning in the same session for incredible results.
Many women are often concerned that shaving peach fuzz will make it grow back heavier and darker, but that’s just an old wives’ tale. Superficial vellus hair (that’s the science-y name for clear or white soft fine facial hair) will grow back at the same rate and with the same texture as it was before the treatment.